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Samuel Barber: The Composer and His Music

Barbara B. Heyman


Samuel Barber (1910–1981) was one of the most important and honored American composers of the twentieth century. Writing in a great variety of musical forms—symphonies, concertos, operas, vocal music, chamber music—he infused his works with poetic lyricism and gave tonal language and forms new vitality. His rich legacy includes such famous compositions as the Adagio for Strings, the orchestral song Knoxville: Summer of 1915, three concertos, and his two operas, the Pulitzer Prize–winning Vanessa and Antony and Cleopatra, a commissioned work that opened the new Metropolitan Opera House at Linco ... More

Keywords: Samuel Barber, Adagio for Strings, Vanessa, Antony and Cleopatra, Gian Carlo Menotti, Mary Curtis Bok, modernist language, radio, Sidney Homer, neo-Romanticism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190863739
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190863739.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Barbara B. Heyman, author
Director, Office of College Information and Publications, Brooklyn College